Police: Arrest made after 14-year-old shot, killed in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department has arrested 37-year-old Bruce Lanier Austin in connection to the murder of Moriah Quib-Marquez who was shot and killed Wednesday.
According to police, Austin is charged with Capital Murder, Assault 1st Degree, and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle.
Austin is in the custody of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office where he will be held without bond for the Capital Murder charge.
ORIGINAL STORY: Police have identified the victim of a shooting in Birmingham on Wednesday morning.
In an update from the Birmingham Police Department, officials say that Moriah Quib-Marquez, 14, was traveling with an adult female passenger and three small children on 80th Street North when their vehicle was hit by gunfire.
Quib-Marquez was treated by medical personnel and pronounced dead on the scene. The adult female, who was also struck, was transported to UAB Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The three small children were not injured in the shooting.
BPD say officers were dispatched to the 500 Block of 80th Street North on the report of shots fire at approximately 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday. When they arrived, they found the victim’s SUV had collided with a utility pole.
Following an investigation, detectives detained an unidentified male suspect in the 7800 Block of 6th Avenue North. He is being held in the Birmingham City Jail on a 48-hour felony extension for capital murder.
Police say his identity will not be released until a formal arrest warrant is issued.
Earlier in the day, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said he had spoken with Quib-Marquez’s father.
Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan released the following statement Wednesday evening:
Wahouma Neighborhood President Robert Walker was saddened by the death of Quib-Marques. “My heart is saddened about this shooting. It happens too often.”
Walker said he was not afraid when he was in the area but he can understand why others might be.
“There’s a reason why these murders happen in Birmingham and not happening in surrounding areas. Our neighborhoods look like a place for these types of things to happen. Enough is enough,” he said.
Walker said it was time for a different approach to ending gun violence in Birmingham.
“Stop this talk about putting down the guns. The guns are not the problem. What we have to address is the urge to kill,” Walker demanded. “We got to address the reason why they want to kill. Because they’ll kill with a stick. They’ll kill with a knife. They’ll kill with a car. The gun is not the problem.”
“We have these kind of killings over virtually nothing,” he said.
Birmingham Police say the shooting is still under investigation.
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